AUGUST 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


India: HTT-40 training aircraft ready for operational clearance

The Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced on Tweeter that its HTT-40 trainer aircraft completed its spin certification flight testing. The aircraft has already demonstrated ten turn spins and is ready for operational clearance.

France and UK conduct Joint Tactical Air Traffic Control training

Royal Air Force (RAF) Tactical Air Traffic Controllers have joined with their French counterparts near Lyon (France) to enable safe conduct of tactical landings on unprepared surfaces.

Turkish company Baykar works on unmanned fighter jet

Turkish company Baykar, well known for its UAVs such as Bayraktar TB2 and Akinci, has begun the conceptual design phase of a jet-powered UAS, known as Combat Unmanned Aerial System (MIUS).

UK seeks zero emissions training aircraft

In UK, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)  launched a new Market Exploration called Zero Emissions Air System, which aims to investigate net-zero options for the next generation of light flying training aircraft. This Market Exploration is being run on behalf of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and seeks information on the development of relevant technologies and systems that are in development and maturing over the coming four years.

Aerostar to assemble Watchkeeper X UAV in Romania

According to the city Mayor of Bacau (Romania), Romanian aircraft construction and repair company Aerostar and UK military joint-venture U-TacS have signed a memorandum for cooperation in the assembly of military drones in Bacau.

$200 million order for Moroccan F-16 engines

Raytheon Technologies Corp. has been awarded a $212,053,200 delivery order against the F100 production program’s indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for F100-PW-229 install engines. These engines are destined for Morocco’s 25 new F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft.

US approves foreign military sale of F-16 sustainment materiel and services to Greece

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of F-16 Sustainment Materiel and Services and related equipment for an estimated cost of $270 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 3.

L3Harris Technologies developing future NATO surveillance concept with international team

L3Harris Technologies, with a team of leading international defense and technology companies, is developing surveillance concepts for NATO to replace the organization’s aging Airborne Warning and Control System fleet by 2035.

Pennsylvania National Guard's Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site received the first fielding of UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters

The Pennsylvania National Guard's Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) received the first fielding of UH-60V Black Hawks from the Utility Helicopter Program Office (UHPO) on July 27.

Raytheon Intelligence & Space provide Marines expeditionary JPALS for operational demo

Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S), a Raytheon Technologies business, deployed an expeditionary Joint Precision Approach and Landing System to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, for three weeks in June 2021. Supported by a team of RI&S employees, the eJPALS deployment provided an opportunity for the Marines to demonstrate the system’s expeditionary capabilities with the F-35B.

First test launch of Sarmat ICBM due this fall

The first launch of Russia’s advanced Sarmat silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is scheduled to take place this fall, a defense industry source has told TASS.

Russian Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters redeployed to Tajikistan for trilateral drills

Russian combat-transport Mi-8 helicopters and Mi-24 gunships were redeployed from Novosibirsk region to Gissar airfield in Tajikistan for trilateral exercise at Kharb-Maidon range 20 kilometers from the border with Afghanistan, the Central Military District said.

Russian Su-30SM EMD fighters will take part in the joint exercise Zapad/Interaction-2021 on the territory of the People's Republic of China

With the servicemen of the Russian military contingent from the formations and military units of the Eastern Military District, preparations have started for the exercise Zapad/Interaction-2021, jointly with the units of the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA).

Russian advanced Checkmate fighter may be designated as Su-75

The advanced Russian-made Checkmate single-engine fighter jet is most likely to be designated as Su-75, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in an interview with the RBK TV channel.

Next-generation BAE Systems APKWS guidance kits improve rocket range and impact

BAE Systems, Inc. has developed an advanced version of its combat-proven APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System) guidance kit that offers enhanced strike distance and precision strike lethality. The upgrade improves the effective range of APKWS guided rockets by up to 30%, allowing warfighters to engage targets from a greater standoff distance with improved survivability.

PAK DA demonstrator to be ready in 2023

The demonstrator of the Prospective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA) is likely to be created by 2023, a source in the aircraft industry told TASS.

Bell unveils new high-speed VTOL design concepts for military application

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced on August 2 the unveiling of design concepts for new aircraft systems for military applications which would use Bell's High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) technology as the company continues its innovation of next generation vertical lift aircraft. HSVTOL technology blends the hover capability of a helicopter with the speed, range and survivability features of a fighter aircraft.

UK Space Command officially launched

A special ceremony held at Space Command Headquarters, Royal Air Force High Wycombe on July 29 marked the official opening of UK Space Command, with the first ‘Space Operator’ Badges presented to personnel.

Taiwan inks $340 Million contract for MS-110 multispectral airborne reconnaissance pods

The Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense announced on July 28 that Taiwan has signed a $343 million contract with the United States to purchase six sets of MS-110 multispectral airborne reconnaissance pods.

General Atomics unveils rendering of Longshot aircraft-launched combat drone

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), has revealed a first picture of a missile-carrying air-to-air combat drone. LongShot, being developed under a contract from DARPA, will launch from larger UAS or human-crewed aircraft and charge into hostile airspace armed with its own air-to-air missiles, able to fire on enemy targets if it were so commanded.

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